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Mother of man shot dead speaks out about “worst pain ever” on the second anniversary of his death as police offer £20,000 reward to find killer

A mother has spoken out about the pain of losing her son after he was gunned down in the street, on the second anniversary of his death. Now the Metropolitan police have released footage of someone they believe to be a key witness and are offering a reward of £20,000 to anyone wit information leading about the killing.

  

Woman attempted suicide after Bromley council fail to help her find a care home for her mother

A woman attempted suicide and was left thousands of pounds in debt after Bromley Council failed to give her appropriate guidance in finding a suitable carehome for her elderly mother, the local government watchdog has found.

  

New £2.7 million Bishopsford Road bridge in Merton given green light despite criticism it “will be out of date before it is built”

Despite serious concerns about its design, a new Bishopsford Road bridge has been give the green light by Merton Council. It has been more than a year since the bridge over the River Wandle collapsed following work to try and strengthen it.

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Mayoresses raise £13,000 – and counting – to feed Lewisham kids this half-term after Government rejected Labour call to extend free school meals into holiday

The mayoresses of Lewisham have surpassed their funding target in their campaign to cover free school meals for children over the October half-term.  

  

“It’s death by 1,000 cuts” – West End cabaret bar owner expects “disastrous” weekend

A Central London bar owner is anticipating a ‘disastrous’ weekend ahead with Tier 2 restrictions in place.

 

New congestion charge “like salt in the wounds” for taxi drivers who have helped NHS workers during pandemic

Extending the congestion charge could hit licensed taxi drivers who helped get frontline NHS staff to work during the pandemic, their trade body has said.

  

20mph speed limit introduced across whole of Westminster

Miles of roads across central London now have 20mph limits in a bid to improve safety and air quality.

  

Street artist paints billboard to let residents affected by Grenfell tragedy know they are not alone

A street artist who put up a hard-hitting billboard about Grenfell said he did it “so people know they are not alone”. Dr D, also known as Subvertiser, pasted a billboard beside the Shepherd’s Bush market exit at the Tube station.

 

Two men arrested in connection with £2.5 million Ming vase heist

A 15th century vase worth around £2.5million stolen in a 2019 burglary has been recovered. The vase, dating back to the Chinese Ming Dynasty, is believed to have been stolen from a collection in Switzerland by a London-based organised crime group in June 2019.

Latest Sport

  

Millwall v Barnsley: Lions switch to a back five as Pearce, Malone and Williams all come into side

Millwall have reverted to a back five for today’s Championship clash with Barnsley at the Den – with the Lions making three changes.

  

Northampton Town v Charlton Athletic team news: Chuks Aneke misses out with injury as Lee Bowyer makes five changes

Tuesday’s matchwinner Chuks Aneke is ruled out of Charlton’s trip to Northampton after suffering a groin injury.

  

Crystal Palace manager Hodgson reveals why he left midfielder out of 25-man squad

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed why Luke Dreher was not included in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.

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Crystal Palace boss outlines playing plan for defender

James Tomkins is set to play at least one U23 match before he is considered for Crystal Palace selection.

The centre-back, 31, has not made a competitive appearance for the Eagles since February.

  

Millwall manager Gary Rowett tests positive for Covid-19 – and will miss Barnsley, Preston and Huddersfield matches

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has tested positive for Covid-19 – and will spend the next 10 days in isolation.

  

Kevin Nolan’s big-match verdict as Charlton Athletic ensure frustration turns into celebration after 1-0 win at Blackpool

Time was ticking away inside the cavernous confines of Bloomfield Road and Charlton were only seven minutes away from completing a monumental exercise in frustration.

Education

  

Prominent speakers to give talks at Dulwich College during Black History Month

One of London’s oldest schools will be marking Black History Month with a string of talks by community leaders and pioneers. Dulwich College will be ‘Adding to History’ with talks and academic events with guest speakers including Mani Arthur, founder of the Black Cyclists Network, South London grime artist Afrikan Boy, and opera singer Rodney Earl Clarke. 

 

St Matthew Academy in Blackheath nominated for award for quality of teaching

A school has been shortlisted for a top award for the quality of its teaching. St Matthew Academy in St Joseph’s Vale, Blackheath, is in the running for the English teacher or team of the year award.

  

Goldsmith College students turn art installation – consisting of 29 tonnes of carrots – into cupcakes in protest over “food waste”

Four students of Goldsmiths College, in New Cross, have banded together to protest against food waste in an art installation – by making it into cupcakes.

Opinions

  

Pledge support for better MS rehabilitation services

More than 130,000 people live with MS in the UK, and many rely on services like physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and exercise classes to stay active, manage their condition and do the everyday things many others take for granted.

  

These LTNs are creating an unwanted two tier borough

I am writing in the strongest terms to protest against the introduction of LTNs which has caused great anger in the local community.

It has Penge Road and Church road, and I suspect other roads, into pollution ridden hot spots.

  

If Postman Pat can have one, you can have one too

Cat lovers have a lot to celebrate this Black Cat Day on October 27 with Cats Protection’s news that black and black-and-white cats are no longer overlooked as they once were.

  

Sheer beauty is spoilt by these sheer ugly barriers

I was in Greenwich again today and took a stroll in the sun around the wonderful Old Royal Naval College.

My enjoyment was, of course, spoilt by the sheer ugly brutality of the ghastly blue and white barriers (as opposed to the grubby and unsightly red and white barriers in the main roads) I found there.

Food & Drink

  

The Tapas Room – who says dreams don’t come true?

It’s a brave person who opens a restaurant, but opening two in the middle of a global pandemic is to be greatly admired. When I first visited The Tapas Room in Deptford a decade ago, the joy derived from a glorious lunch, was tempered by the realisation that I’d be unlikely to visit again.

   

Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Here are the five best Caribbean restaurants in Brixton

Brixton is famed for its Caribbean culture: Windrush Square, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Jamm and many Caribbean restaurants.

  

Larry’s in Peckham – it has it all

Imagine my disappointment when I arrived at my favourite Peckham bakery to find it had closed down for good. I was gutted because the sourdough was to die for. I wondered if it had been a victim of people baking their own bread during lockdown. Alas, not. It had shut its doors last Christmas long before the other C-word had even entered the lexicon.

  

National Curry Week

If ever an excuse were needed to eat the nation’s favourite dish, it’s National Curry Week until October 11. Given the recently cooler weather, you might want to have yours at home. For curry in a hurry, Atcha’s new Battersea kitchen is poised to serve South London with healthier alternatives to popular dishes.

Entertainment

  

New gallery opens at London Transport Museum

London’s Transport at War A new permanent gallery has opened which explores the crucial role London’s transport has played in global conflicts, from keeping civilians safe on the home front to supporting efforts on the front lines. London’s Transport at War, in Covent Garden at the London Transport Museum, is an immersive sheltering experience which reveals what life was like for Londoners seeking refuge in Underground stations during wartime air raids.

  

Actress wins Best Director at New York City film festival

The Case of Katelyn Burns Actress Toyah Frantzen has taken home the coveted Best Director award at the Flight Deck Film Festival, an online film competition based out of New York City. Written, produced, and directed by Toyah, the award-winning short film The Case of Katelyn Burns, who grew up in Peckham, is now in the final stages of the film festival circuit.

  

Don’t let London’s tier two lockdown stop you having fun this half-term

No two words fill parents with more dread than these: half-term. Keeping little ones entertained isn’t easy, but the trick is to do your homework and ensure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Here Paloma Lacy gives out some top tips on what to do this half-term.

  

City of London Sinfonia returning to Southwark for socially distanced performances

Building on the success of their return to live indoor performance last month, City of London Sinfonia (CLS) will return to Southwark Cathedral this autumn with six socially distanced performances.

  

Young, Gifted and Black

Theatre Peckham Following six months of closure, Theatre Peckham celebrates its reopening with a multi-artform programme of socially distanced, in-person and participatory digital events, taking place throughout October and into November. The line-up features theatre, new writing, spoken word, poetry, scratch nights, panel discussions, workshops, seminars and exhibitions.

  

New website launches to connect artists to local residents

A town hall has started a new platform to show off the best of the borough’s creativity in a digital setting. Wandsworth Art, a new website dedicated to helping residents connect with local artists, has more than 200 artists already signed up to take part, with the number growing daily.

  

Jazz Cafe re-opens with all new look

After a seven month hiatus, the Jazz Cafe is back with a whole new look from September 18. Afrobeat veteran Dele Sosim will return for the opening weekend of the long-awaited reopening of one of London’s most beloved venues.

Theatre

  

Arts and cultural venues to receive Government survival funding

More than 100 arts and cultural venues will receive financial awards from the Government to help them survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport announced a £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund and 111 South London venues will share around £20million of it.

  

James Haddrell looks into what makes something theatre

If there is one thing that the pandemic has made us challenge in the theatre industry, it’s the nature of theatre. What makes something theatre? A year ago the answer would inevitably have been something to do with a group of people coming together to watch or participate in an event, performed by another person or group of people.

  

Archive streaming and live online broadcasting – Greenwich Theatre at the forefront of post-lockdown production

The pandemic has meant many things to arts organisations across the country. Clearly, at the top of the list, is the fight for survival brought about by a long period of closure and the ongoing inability to accurately forecast a full reopening.

What's On

  

Aylesbury portraits to be live-streamed in art collaboration

An intimate portrait of the residents of an estate embroiled in a controversial redevelopment will be live-streamed to highlight stereotypes of urban decay. The Aylesbury Estate in Peckham was earmarked for demolition and redevelopment in 2005 but has been met with fierce opposition by the residents since then.

  

Artist to exhibit work in dedication to Black History Month

This month, in dedication to Black History Month, an artist will debut his inaugural collection of paintings with an exclusive exhibition display at Gallery@OXO, OXO Tower Wharf on October 21-25.

  

Ice Skating at the Tower

The hardest thing about ice skating is trying not to picture yourself falling over and a passing diva slicing off your fingers. There are a lot of aspiring Tonya Hardings on the rink at the Tower of London, but thankfully, the marshals seem to keep them in check.

  

Photography exhibition to open in Dulwich

An exhibition tracing the history of photography through nature, touted as the first of its kind, will open this autumn.

Best of South London

   

Knighthood for pioneering black artist Frank Bowling

Artist Frank Bowling, 86, who still paints in Peacock Yard, near Walworth Post Office, was last week named in the Queen’s Honours List to receive a Knighthood for his career and contribution to art.

   

Tommy Steele, Britain’s “first home-grown pop star”, awarded knighthood in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Bermondsey-raised Sir Tommy, awarded an OBE in 1980 for his work as an entertainer, topped the charts numerous times, appeared in films and on stage, and caused riots in the streets long before the beat boom of the Sixties.

   

Looking for somewhere to eat this weekend? Here are the five best Caribbean restaurants in Brixton

Brixton is famed for its Caribbean culture: Windrush Square, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Jamm and many Caribbean restaurants.

Pets

   

Cat abandoned in Battersea Park – with note saying owner had lost their job and could no longer afford to care for him

Struggling pet owners facing an uncertain financial future are being asked to think rescue first, after a Maine Coon cat was abandoned in a park with a note saying his owner had lost their job during lockdown and could no longer afford to care for him.

  

Pet owners urged to protect animals during firework season

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging pet owners and livestock keepers who are worried about their animals’ welfare to take steps now to avoid possible injury and distress during traditional fireworks dates such as Bonfire Night, Halloween, Diwali and New Year’s Eve.

   

Police find dozens of stolen dogs at site in Bromley

Police are urging dog owners to ensure their pets are microchipped following the recent recovery of missing dogs. In the early hours of last Wednesday officers from the Met’s South Area BCU recovered 24 dogs from a site in Orpington following an early morning warrant. An additional 25 dogs have since been seized from the site during ongoing searches.

South London Memories

  

Nelson just loved living in Merton

The National Maritime Museum said it will not meddle with its displays on Lord Nelson, despite the fact he was an avowed opponent of the abolition of slavery. One national newspaper in particular seemed to think acknowledging this fact was a dangerously subversive, leftie idea.
TOBY PORTER looks at the victor of Trafalgar’s links to South London…

  

The estate of things to come?

The Aylesbury Estate, with 2,704 flats, and built from 1963-77 and is home to 7,500 people, is currently undergoing a major regeneration programme. On September 27, 2005, Southwark council decided that rather than spend £350million updating it, it would replace them with 4,900 flats in blocks built by a housing association. The sale of half would fund the whole scheme.
Author MICHAEL ROMYN makes a passionate plea for its survival.

  

The consequence of independence fight

Ladywell Cemetery contains the grave of an army officer who died in a famous shootout in Dublin 100 years ago last week, as the war between Irish republicans and the British reached its conclusion. MIKE GUILFOYLE tells the story…

  

They went down the Tube for safety, dozens never came back

Wednesday of last week marked the 80th anniversary of a Second World War German bomb striking Balham Tube station. Here TOBY PORTER recounts what happened.

Millwall

  

Millwall v Barnsley: Lions switch to a back five as Pearce, Malone and Williams all come into side

Millwall have reverted to a back five for today’s Championship clash with Barnsley at the Den – with the Lions making three changes.

  

Millwall manager Gary Rowett tests positive for Covid-19 – and will miss Barnsley, Preston and Huddersfield matches

Millwall manager Gary Rowett has tested positive for Covid-19 – and will spend the next 10 days in isolation.

  

Millwall defender’s astonishing playing run set to see him climb up this impressive appearance list

Jake Cooper made his 128th consecutive league appearance for Millwall in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Luton Town – moving him joint seventh in their all-time list. If the big centre-back starts Saturday’s home game against Barnsley at The Den he will move ahead of Tony Warner.

  

Reasons to believe it could be third time lucky for Millwall in play

It’s always hard to gauge a club’s prospects off the back of just one or two performances. Win well and optimism abounds. Lose and the doubts begin to creep in. Tuesday night saw Millwall put on a confident display against Luton Town. You wouldn’t call it a cruise, but it was largely comfortable.

Charlton Athletic

  

Fulham v Crystal Palace team line-ups: Three changes for Eagles as Cahill, Ward and McArthur all miss out at Craven Cottage

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has made three changes for today’s derby with Fulham – with Nathaniel Clyne starting for the visitors.

  

Northampton Town v Charlton Athletic team news: Chuks Aneke misses out with injury as Lee Bowyer makes five changes

Tuesday’s matchwinner Chuks Aneke is ruled out of Charlton’s trip to Northampton after suffering a groin injury.

  

Kevin Nolan’s big-match verdict as Charlton Athletic ensure frustration turns into celebration after 1-0 win at Blackpool

Time was ticking away inside the cavernous confines of Bloomfield Road and Charlton were only seven minutes away from completing a monumental exercise in frustration.

Crystal Palace

  

Crystal Palace manager Hodgson reveals why he left midfielder out of 25-man squad

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed why Luke Dreher was not included in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad.

  

Crystal Palace boss outlines playing plan for defender

James Tomkins is set to play at least one U23 match before he is considered for Crystal Palace selection.

The centre-back, 31, has not made a competitive appearance for the Eagles since February.

AFC Wimbledon

  

AFC Wimbledon’s flaws from free-kicks costs them dearly in 1-0 loss at Hull City

AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten away record was ended by promotion favourites Hull City – and handed the Dons a second defeat in the space of four days.

  

Hull City 1 AFC Wimbledon 0 – Dons’ unbeaten away record ends but final result is harsh on them

AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten away record came to an end at the KCOM Stadium with a second consecutive 1-0 defeat in League One.

  

Birmingham loanee Connal Trueman seeking more improvements despite impressive start at AFC Wimbledon

Connal Trueman has kept two clean sheets in four League One matches – but reckons he has plenty of room for further improvements while on loan at AFC Wimbledon. The Birmingham City keeper was man of the match in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Swindon Town.

  

On-loan Blues keeper Connal Trueman the star man in Dons’ victory at Swindon Town

Wimbledon manager Glyn Hodges juggled his side around, playing with just one recognised centre-half Terell Thomas – predicting that Swindon Town would play lots of balls on the ground around the penalty box – and so it proved.

Chelsea

  

Chelsea boss sweats on fitness of key defender ahead of Manchester United clash

Frank Lampard is sweating on the fitness of centre-back Thiago Silva ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old Brazilian played the whole 90 minutes against Sevilla on Wednesday evening as the Blues got their Champions League group campaign under way with a creditable 0-0 draw.

  

Blues had a point to prove in defence and they made it in 0-0 draw against Sevilla in Champions League

Well it’s a clean sheet, so that’s an improvement. The Blues start their Champions League campaign with a dour 0-0 draw against experienced Sevilla at Stamford Bridge tonight and will hope they take that defence-minded attitude to Old Trafford at the weekend in the Premier League.

  

Chelsea boss Lampard set to let trio of top attackers off the leash at Southampton

Frank Lampard is set to unleash his most potent attacking players tomorrow as Chelsea host Southampton at the Bridge – the first Premier League since the break for international matches. Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic will lead the line, provided all return fit from their countries’ encounters this week.

  

Chelsea boss Lampard left with bloated squad as planned exits fail to materialise on transfer deadline day

Chelsea failed to shift surplus senior players as the transfer deadline ended on Monday leaving Frank Lampard with bloated squad.

Dulwich Hamlet

  

Non-league football round-up: Dulwich Hamlet one win away from FA Cup first round as Bromley boss delighted at midweek point

Dulwich Hamlet are just one match away from the first round of the FA Cup after a penalty shootout win at Christchurch on Tuesday. There was plenty of late drama at Hurn Bridge with Quade Taylor sent off in the 85th minute.

  

Dulwich Hamlet to stream all their home games until fans allowed back into Champion Hill

Dulwich Hamlet will provide free streaming of all their home matches until supporters are allowed back into Champion Hill.

  

Non-league round-up: Dulwich start season with a draw, Tooting lose but Fisher progress in FA Vase

Dulwich Hamlet kicked off their National League South campaign with a 1-1 draw at Ebbsfleet United on Saturday. Former Millwall

  

Dulwich Hamlet boss: We were always going to cut our budget – even before Covid-19 pandemic

BY RICHARD CAWLEY Gavin Rose has revealed that Dulwich Hamlet were always going to cut their budget for this season

Boxing

  

Ellie Scotney seeking improvements despite points shutout win on professional debut

Ellie Scotney made a successful start to life in the professional ranks with a points win over Bec Connolly on Saturday night. The Catford fighter was a clear 60-53 victory at Peterborough’s East of England Arena Scotney put Connolly (3-8) down in the third round. The South Londoner did not drop a point.

  

“The Catford Massiv won’t be there” – but Ellie Scotney still excited about making professional debut on Matchroom show tomorrow

Ellie Scotney is set to make her professional debut on Saturday night – with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing a seven-month delay. The 22-year-old from Catford signed a long-term promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing in February and was due to be out on a show at Greenwich’s 02 Arena on March 28.

More Sport

  

Horsman finishes impressive rookie Moto2 season 6th overall

Horsman ended his rookie British GP2 (Moto2) Cup season with a seventh and fifth place finish at Brands Hatch. This took his points total to 138 and sixth in the overall championship in a year that saw him take a first race victory in the class.

  

Brands crash ends O’Gorman’s title dreams

Casey O’Gorman’s hopes of winning the British Talent Cup ended in the dirt at Brands Hatch as he twice crashed out of podium positions last weekend. The Erith schoolboy couldn’t get the best out of his 250cc Honda in a wet qualifying, placing an unheard of seventh on the grid.